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Title:HMS GLOUCESTER IN VERTICAL REPLENISHMENT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6398
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE GULF, 1990-1991 [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Gloucester receives stores from and supplies fuel to a Sea King helicopter.
Description: Interior CUs of pilot and observer in cockpit of Lynx as the helicopter runs up - the FDO is visible through the cockpit windows. The flightdeck crew walk away holding the lashings. FDO signals to remove deck lock and take off, clearing to port. Once in flight the observer clears the windscreen with wipers. The camera shoots between pilot and observer through the windscreen to empty sea - the main pictorial effect is the changing angle of the horizon as the aircraft banks to turn. Aerial LSs of a Sea King seen through open cabin door and windscreen - at one point camera zooms in on Sea Spray display in front of observer. The Sea King closes on HMS Gloucester and hovers over the flightdeck to lower a net of stores. LS of fitness training party jogging round the destroyer's forecastle, followed by PT. The Vertrep continues, the rotor wash from the Sea King flattening the water. Lynx climbs away, banking steeply to provide more dramatic horizon angles. Cut back to Sea King now holding station off Gloucester's port quarter for a HIFR - Helicopter In Flight Refuelling. Cameraman focuses on masthead radar aerials - Type 922Q on the main and UAA-1 ESM on the foremast with Type 1006 on platform. Refuelling continues, with zoom to hose running from the helicopter down to the flightdeck and thence to point on quarterdeck below. When fuelling is complete the Sea King climbs slightly, detaches the hose and makes off. The Lynx lands back on. The FDO orders the Lynx to rotate to the left, but then cancels the order and orders the flightdeck crew back in - perhaps to remove a comm lead ? - one of the men ordered back raises his eyebrows resignedly to the pilot. When all is to the FDO's satisfaction, the aircraft reorientates and the lashings are put on. LS-MS as a Jaguar flies low over a grey, choppy sea dropping a series of IR decoy flares - this is presumably a GR1A out of Bahrain testing Gloucester's AA defences.